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Police, army condemn Samar ambush

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army in Eastern Visayas condemned the ambush in Motiong, Samar that killed one policeman and wounded another on Monday, March 11.

“The Police Regional Office deeply condemns such act of violence. Thus, the public is encouraged to be of help and be cooperative to the authorities in reporting unusual movements in their places,” said Eastern Visayas Police Director Dionardo Bernardo Carlos.

The ambush led to the death of Police Officer 3 Glenn Meniano and it wounded Police Officer 1 Jane Abejar and another civilian.

“The Philippine Army-8th Infantry Division, together with the Police Regional Office 8 will relentlessly pursue these terrorists and assist the PNP in filing appropriate criminal cases, and ensure that the perpetrators will face the full arm of the law,” added Major General Raul Farnacio, the 8ID commander.

Farnacio assured that government troops will “continue its mandated duty to protect the people of Eastern Visayas and deploy troops to augment the PNP to conduct hot pursuit operations in the area.”

According to the military official, the “treacherous act only shows that the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NPA) is not a pro-people organization, but a mere terrorist group which has no agenda aside from sowing fear to the populace.”

In a statement, the Efren Martires Command of the NPA-Eastern Visayas claimed responsibility of the ambush, saying they used “a command-detonated explosive” during the attack and “ready to extend assistance” to the wounded civilian. (SunStar Philippines)


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